New members appointed
The Saskatchewan Entrepreneurship Council, one of several councils operating under the new economic development agency, Enterprise Saskatchewan, was announced Thursday by Enterprise and Innovation Minister Lyle Stewart.
The new Entrepreneurship Council will advise Enterprise Saskatchewan on some of the “smaller, intangible” issues that affect entrepreneurship in the province, such as those that encourage or deter people from becoming entrepreneurs, Stewart said. The members of the Entrepreneurship Council are: Monica Kreuger, president of Global Infobrokers Inc., a private educational institute in Saskatchewan. Since 1991, the company has developed and provided entrepreneurship training, and has assisted over 700 companies to get started. Kreuger also founded a business plan competition, Venture Forward, which provides a $100,000 cash award to contest winners to help them start their businesses in Saskatchewan.
Lanis Anthony, principal of CCINC Group of Companies and director of Saskatchewan Angel Investors Network (SAINT). Anthony is an equity partner in six companies besides Creative Consortium Inc., ranging from high-tech to motion pictures, agri-value to consumer goods. She is also involved in a variety of businesses as an ‘angel investor,’ as well as a mentor, board member, and adviser.
Chad Blenkin, president of Urban Roots Media. Started in 1999, Blenkin’s company recently introduced new services, such as Web hosting, search engine optimization and graphic design services. Blenkin is also on the executive of Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (SYPE).
Keith Brown, founder and CEO, Trailtech, Inc., Canada’s largest manufacturer of light commercial trailers, with locations in Gravelbourg and Lethbridge, Alta. Brown is also managing partner of National Trailer Parts Warehouse Limited and president of Audea Systems Inc. Brown currently chairs the board of directors for the Entrepreneurial Foundation of Saskatchewan.
Susan Gorges, CEO, SpringBoard West Innovations Inc. Gorges has experience in technology commercialization at the Los Alamos National Laboratory prior to taking a position as vice-president of a U.S. research and advisory company. She was also an executive with two start-up companies, which both became global operations with more than $150 million in annual revenue.
James Mason, business professor, Paul J. Hill School of Business, University of Regina. Mason has been a professor for 30 years and served as assistant, associate and acting dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the U of R.
Georgette Nicolas, senior business development specialist, Clarence Campeau Development Fund. The CCDF was established by the Metis Society of Saskatchewan Inc. to improve the economic conditions of Saskatchewan’s Metis by providing funding for business development, community economic development and management skills development and assistance to new and existing Metis-owned businesses.
Cherylynn Walters, manager, Marieval Enterprise Centre Inc., Cross-Cultural Business Resource Centre located at Cowessess First Nation. She was vice-president of marketing for a Saskatchewan biotechnology company, and manager of business training for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). She is also involved in the Aboriginal Business Services Network (ABSN).
Susan Zwarych, president and CEO, Mondovi Publishing, which produces Saskatoon Home Magazine, and Mondovi Property Developments Ltd., a home improvement consultant and contractor. Zwarych also chairs the Board of Ideas, Inc. a non-profit business incubator in Saskatoon.